What You Can or Cannot Recycle

Many Australian households today want to do their bit for recycling but before you start tipping everything into the yellow bin, stop and have a look first.  Some products look deceivingly recyclable but are not.Here is a list of non-recyclable items that are commonly found in households:

Disposable Nappies

Australian household uses up to 3.75 million disposable nappies a day.   Single use nappies are made of composite materials and when contaminated with human waste are not recyclable.   So throw it in the organic rubbish bin not the recycle bin!

Paper and/or Cardboard Food Containers

Food residue and grease can affect the recycling process.  These contaminants can slow or jam recycling machines.  It’s better to bin your pizza boxes, Chinese takeaway cartons or Uber Eats bags.  The rule is if it has been contaminated with grease, you may want to consider binning it.

Paper and Plastic Cups

As with food containers and cartons, paper and plastic cups that have been used to hold any type of liquid should also be thrown away.  Moreover, paper cups used to hold hot beverage like coffees and teas are usually coated with a plastic substance to prevent spillage.  Plastic cannot be recycled.  Stop throwing your takeaway cup in the recycle bin.  Put it in the organic rubbish bin instead.


If you buy a new television, the cardboard box the television comes in is recyclable but its protective Styrofoam that protects the television is not.  So throw this in the skip bin with the rest of your spring cleaning rubbish.